Eden Hazard produced a Euro 2016 masterclass, as Belgium beat Hungary 4-0 in the Round of 16 clash in Toulouse to set up a quarter-final date with Wales on Friday.
Belgium, second in the world rankings behind Argentina, finally produced a performance to match that status with a thrilling victory over Bernd Storck’s side at the Stadiun de Toulouse.
The Red Devils looked a threat whenever they sauntered forward but Kiraly was in inspirational form and made a number of crucial saves to keep Hungary in the game.
But Marc Wilmots’ side tore the Hungary defence apart in the closing stage with three goals in the final 11 minutes from Michy Batshuayi, Hazard and Yannick Carrasco
Substitute Batshuayi slotted home with his first touch of the game on 78 minutes, following excellent work from Hazard.
A minute later, Hazard slalomed through the Hungarian defence before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner, and another substitute Carrasco putted added gloss on an already polished performance when he made it four in added time.
After their dismal opening match defeat to Italy, which prompted a frank exchange of views over tactics between Wilmots and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Belgium have somehow got themselves into a position where they can see a direct path to the final in Saint-Denis on 10 July.
Having finishing second in Group E with wins over the Republic of Ireland andSweden, they fortuitously found themselves in the easier half of the draw, avoiding France, Spain, England, Germany and the Italians.
And, if they progress past Gareth Bale et al, it doesn’t get particularly harder from then on, with the winner of that quarter-final going on to face Poland or Portugal in the semi-final in Lyon on 6 July.